For Immediate Release  

  Eric Davis,  Marketing & Communications Director
                505.424.2351, or
  Jonathan Breaker (Blackfoot/Cree), Continuing Education Manager
                 505.424.2308, or

Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Announces Summer Series of Continuing 
Education Classes

Santa Fe, NM. - April 23, 2018.

Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Continuing Education (CE) Program is committed to providing comprehensive training and adult education for the advancement and growth in workforce skills, lifelong learning, and empowerment through community-based learning opportunities. IAIA CE formally recognizes learning by issuing Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and IAIA Badges to participants that have completed CE courses, workshops or training sessions. CEUs and Badges are also offered for educational programming presented by external organizations across the country. IAIA CE Badges are also a means to recognize learning and can be utilized in resumes, posted to social media and shared across online platforms.

This summer IAIA CE is hosting "Workforce Development for Artists" and "Artist Talk" series of courses on campus. The Workforce Development for Artists series is designed to equip artists with skills and training to promote themselves both as an artist and a professional. The course covers an introduction to networking, entrepreneurship, finance and business development for artists, which represent themes that were identified from the IAIA Tribal Needs Survey in 2014 -- and through research involving IAIA Alumni. The series will focus on teaching artists how to promote and sell their art, which will include discussion on artist's needs, costs, shows and galleries. Also, there will be an emphasis on the financial and business side of art production, promotion, pricing, and keys to success. In addition, the series will look at how to develop successful strategies utilizing social media to promote the artist and their work. All courses will be available in person and through web-conferencing and eventually available as recordings online.

Photo by Jason S. Ordaz. Courtesy of IAIA.

The classes are as follows:

WD01: Workforce Development for Artists: Part 1 - Studio, Product, and Pricing
Instructor: Nocona Burgess (Comanche)
Offered both on Saturday, June 23 and Saturday, June 30, 2018
10:00 am-12:00 pm in the Welcome Center Boardroom
.2 CEUs
WD02: Workforce Development for Artists: Part 2- The Artist, Show, and Representation
Instructor: Nocona Burgess (Comanche)
Offered both on Saturday, July 7 and Saturday, July 14, 2018
10:00 am-12:00 pm in the CLE-CC Conference Room 2 - Rm. 214
.2 CEUs
WD03: Using Photography, Writing, and Social Media to Promote Artist's Work
Instructor: Jason Ordaz
Saturday, June 16
10:00 am-1:00 pm in the SCITEC Mac Lab 1 - Rm. 123
The Artist Talk series will focus on the sharing of artistic skills and creative development processes of artists. Participants can learn more about the artistic expression of each artist and enhance any skillsets addressed by each workshop.

ARTT01: "Becoming the Character: An Introduction to Cosplay"
Instructor: Dezbah Evans (Yuchi/Navajo/Chippewa)
Saturday, June 2, 2018
1:00 pm-3:00 pm in the Welcome Center Boardroom
.2 CEUs
AT02: "LGBTQ Two-Spirit Coming Out Monologues"
Instructors: Sable Sweetgrass (Kainai Nation)
Thursday, July 19, 2018
2:30 pm-5:30 pm in the PAFC Multipurpose Studio 103
.3 CEUs
Performance to be held (open to the public) in the same location from 6:30-7:30pm.
How to Register

Participants must register.Workshops are offered for FREE on a first come, first served basis. REGISTER EARLY, SEATS ARE LIMITED.
  1. IAIA encourages all participants to register online
  2. However, registrations can also be made by calling IAIA Continuing Education 505.424.2308 or visiting the IAIA CE office on-campus (2nd Floor, Center for Lifelong Education building).
Note: After registration, those attending recorded workshops, must sign a photo/video release form. To earn CEUs and an IAIA Badge, participants must register and fully participate in their chosen training activity (attendance will be documented, no exceptions). Class times and locations may change without notice, please consult the IAIA website for up-to-date information. IAIA CE reserves the right to cancel classes without notice.

Photo by Jason S. Ordaz. Courtesy of IAIA.

Partner with Continuing Education
If your organization would like to partner with IAIA CE to provide CEUs and Badges at your training events or if you would like to suggest or teach a course, please fill out the online form on the IAIA CE website:

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email or call 505.424.2308.

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Offering undergraduate degrees in Studio Arts, Creative Writing, Cinematic Arts and Technology, Indigenous Liberal Studies, and Museum Studies -- a minor in Performing Arts -- an MFA in Creative Writing -- along with certificates in Business and Entrepreneurship, Museum Studies, and Native American Art History -- IAIA is the only college in the nation dedicated to the study of contemporary Native arts. The school serves 517 full time equivalent (FTE) Native and non-Native American college students from across the globe.  IAIA is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission -- and is the only college in New Mexico accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. 

About IAIA -- For over 50 years, the Institute of American Indian Arts has played a key role in the direction and shape of Native expression. With an internationally acclaimed college, museum, and tribal support resource through our Land Grant Programs, IAIA is dedicated to the study and advancement of Native arts and cultures -- and committed to student achievement and the preservation and progress of their communities.  Learn more about IAIA and our mission at


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